My Best 10 Books


This site is the temporary home for My Best 10 Books.


The intention is to develop this into an interesting resource for book lovers to be able to see what books are highly thought of rather that the list of current top sellers.   This in being achieved by inviting people to nominate their 10 most significant / life changing / wouldn't-want-to-be-without-it books.  As has already happened, I have no problem with people subsequently changing any of their nominated books.


Initially they will be listed in order of the number of times they are mentioned then in alphabetical order within that group based on the title.   Where the title starts with "A" or "The", they are bracketed but not used in the alphabetic sequence.   A quick look should clarify this.


Also, the identification (by initials at this stage) of the person nominating the books will follow each book.   Initially I did not intend to note the contributors name now I do, subject to the contributors approval.   At some later date i might list each person's selection under their name so that anyone liking a contributor's selection can easily find their other nominations.


Enjoy, and if you haven't sent me your best 10, please do so:


Authors with more than one book in the list:
4: Bill Bryson
2: Peter Fitzsimons
2 Nominations 
Birdsong, Sebastian Foulks  (JS, SR)
Nancy Wake, The White Mouse, Peter Fitzsimons (BM, KM)
Sherlock Holmes Mysteries/Treasury, Arthur Conan Doyle (KM, JS)
Stalingrad, Anthony Beever (CE, JC)
Winning Through Intimidation, Robert Ringer (CM, MP) 

1 Nomination

(The) 6th Man: Extraordinary Life of Paddy Costello, James McNeish (KM)

7 Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen R Covey (MP)

(The) Agony and the Ecstacy, Irving Stone (SL)

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll  (SR)

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, Piers Paul Read (BM)

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Remarque (JC)

All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren (JC)

America, Alistair Cook (JS)

Americana, Chmanda Ngozi Adichie (SR)

(The) Baha’i Faith, An Introduction, Gloria Faizi (MP)

Batavia, Peter FitzSimons (Shipwreck off coast of W Australia) (BM)

(The) Bible, King James Version (CM )

Brick Lane, Monica Ali (SR)

Brunelleschi's Dome, Ross King (SL)

Buckminster Fuller’s Universe, Lloyd Steven Sieden (MP)

(The) Bugatti Queen, Miranda Seymour (SL)

Captain Cook, Vanessa Collingridge (BM)

(The) Chamber, John Grisham (KM)

Chesapeake, James Michener (JC)

(A) Corner of a Foreign Field, Ramachandra Guha (JS)

David Gallaher, Matt Elliot (KM)

Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller (CM)

Diary of a Nobody, George & Weedon Grossmith (SL)

Diet for a New America, John Robbins (MP)

D Day, Antony Beevor (KM)

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams (SL)

Dissolution (vol 1), C J Sansom (GC)

Doomsday Book, Connie Willis (GC)

Enough, John Goble (CM)

(The) English Patient, Michael Ondaatje (JS)

Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (SR)

Farewell My Lovely, Raymond Chandler (CM)

Freakonomics, Stephen J Dubner & Steven D Levitt (CE)

(The) Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (JC)

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (JS)

Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle, Richard B Frank (BM)

(The ) Handmaids 's Tale, Margaret Atwood (SR)

(A) History of Loneliness, John Boyne (GC)

(The) Idiot, Feodor Dostoevsky (SR)

(The) Hour I first believed, Wally Lamb )JC)

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (JC)

Into the Wider World, A study of Otago, Brian Turner (KM)

Jenks, A Passion for Motor Sport, Denis Jenkinson (SL)

Kokoda, Peter FitzSimons.  Australians in New Guinea WW2  (BM)

Lady Chatterley's Lover, D H Lawrence (SR)

(The) Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Bill Bryson (BM)

Long Walk To Freedom, Nelson Mandela (MP)

Making History, Stephen Fry (SL)

Mastery, George Leonard (CM)

Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson (SL)

(The) New Earth,, Ekhart Tolle (MP)

Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson (SL)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn (MP)

Out of the Crocodile, Giles Cooper (GC)

Philby, KGB Master Spy, Philip Knightly (KM)

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (CM)

Power vs Force, David R Hawkins (MP)

Ramage, Dudley Pope (CE)

Rumpole of the Old Bailey, John Mortimer (JS)

(A) Sense of The World: The Blind Traveller, Jason Roberts (CE)

Seven Deadly Sins, In Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, David Walsh (KM)

Shantaram, Gregory Roberts (SR)

South: The Story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Expedition, Sir Ernest Shackleton (BM)

(The) Speed of Trust, Stephen M R Covey (MP)

(The) Season of the Jew, Maurice Shadbolt (JS)

Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson (CM)

Stolen Prey, John Sandford (GC)

Stoner, John Williams (JC)

(The) Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblenski (JC)

(The) Street Sweeper, Elliott Perlman (JC)

SuperFreakonomics, Stephon J Dubner & Steven D Levitt (CE)

Tess of the d'Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy (SR)

That Summer, C J Greig (GC)

Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K Jerome (SL)

To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee (GC)

Travels with Epicurus, Daniel Klein (CM)

Trial of the Cannibal Dog, Captain Cook.  Best insight into Captain Cook (BM)

Trilogy, The Sodier's Return / A Son of War / Crossing the Lines, Melvyn Bragg (GC)

(The) Truth, Terry Pratchett (GC) (and everything else in the Discworld series)

Unbroken, the Astonishing Life of Louis Zamperini, Laura Hillenbrand (KM)

Walden, Henry David Thoreau (CM)

(A) Walk In The Woods, Bill Bryson (BM)

War and Peace, Tolstoy (JS)

(The) Wind In The Willows, Kennety Grahame (JS)

Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks (GC)


BM:   Brian Mooney, Auckland, NZ

CE: Craig Edwards, Perth, Australia

CM: Clyth MacLeod, Auckland, NZ

GC: Geoff Chamberlain, Auckland, NZ

JC: John Crocker, Nelson, NZ

JS: John Sparling, Auckland, NZ

KM: Keith MacKinlay, Auckland, NZ

MP:  Mike Pinkney, Auckland, NZ


SR: Sara Russell, Auckland, NZ